INDIANAPOLIS: Eli Lilly tapped Bart Peterson, a former two-term mayor of Indianapolis, as SVP of corporate affairs and communications, effective June 22. Peterson replaces Alex Azar, who was named VP of business-to-business and Puerto Rico for the pharmaceutical company in April. Peterson will report to John Lechleiter, chairman, president, and CEO of Eli Lilly.
Responsibilities include government relations, advocacy and professional relations, public policy development, external and internal communications, CSR, branding, health IT coordination, community relations, and PR. The company said in a statement that a "significant" part of Peterson's role will be leading Lilly's efforts toward healthcare reform.